Welcome to the blog, Susan Horsnell!
Susan is the author of western romances predominantly set in Texas. Today, Susan is giving us the inside scoop on her latest work-in-progress, Capturing Charlie.
WIP Me Inspired
I was a Nurse, a career that spanned more than 35 years. During my career I specialised in caring for people with Alzheimer’s type Dementia, an area that fascinates me despite how heartbreaking it can be. My dear father-in-law is unfortunately afflicted with this disease and now resides in a Nursing Home.
I write Western Romance, mostly set in Texas. I seem to have a special fondness for the state – I reckon I lived my previous life there. In my WIP, I am incorporating a Grandmother afflicted with this disease. I will be exploring the havoc she creates and the challenges for the family as they attempt to keep her safe but still run their ranch. I am hoping this book will be released around the end of June.
I have recently released Saving Annabel. A novella about a young girl on the run from her wicked Grandfather. It is set after the Civil war. The hero – Sam, has lost his brother, his brother’s wife and their baby. At the time he finds an injured Annabel he is not interested in any kind of attachment but time heals both their wounds and they are drawn to each other.
I retired from Nursing 4 years ago and decided it was time to get the stories out of my head and onto paper. From there I just hoped my stories were interesting and well written enough to attract readers. The biggest issue I have found is the way grammar varies between Australia, America and England.
I am married to the love of my life, we have 2 wonderful adult boys, and 5 amazing grandchildren. We also play substitute Mum and Dad to a beautiful, adopted young lady. We reside in sunny Qld, Australia in the midst of a Blackbutt Forest. We are surrounded by the peace and quiet of Mother Nature and wildlife abounds. It is a dream come true location for us.
(Due for Release in June 2014)
One week before he is due to marry, Charlie leaves the only life and family he has ever known.
Orphaned at the age of 10, when his parents and sister are killed in a botched bank robbery, Charlie is taken in by his father’s best friends.
After being deceived by his fiancé, Charlie sets out on his own. He encounters an abandoned dog and the two become close companions as they travel over the mountain range in search of a new home.
After being shot at and thrown from his horse, he suffers a life threatening head injury, Josephine Platt takes responsibility for his care, after all, it was her crazy Grandmother who shot the poor stranger.
Will Charlie recover and lose his heart to the feisty red head?
I was inspired to write Capturing Charlie as I wanted to share some of my experiences while caring for Alzheimer affected patients. The story had been floating around for a while but other stories always pushed it into the background. I finally decided it was time the story was written and I began after I published Saving Annabel in March.
Writing ‘Charlie’ has reinforced my love for the people afflicted by such a cruel disease. I have the utmost respect for what their families are forced to deal with on a daily basis. In Charlie, set in the 1800s, I am attempting to show just how hard life on a ranch with an elderly person afflicted with Dementia could have been. I sincerely hope I do these people justice.